Today lawmakers in Russia have approved a controversial bill. This would allow Russia to seperate the country’s internet from any foreign servers.
There were 320 votes in favour & 15 against the proposed bill which was presented in the State Duma which is lower house of parliament. It will come in effect from November 1st as it becomes law.
“It’s a bill on digital slavery and the introduction of censorship for the web,”
Sergei Ivanov, a member of the nationalist Liberal-Democratic Party.
These measures would ensure that internet traffic from Russia is monitored and channelled away from any foreign server. It is claimed that these measures would ensure that no foreign country becomes capable of shutting the Russian internet down from outside Russia.
Trump revealed a new American cybersecurity strategy last year that accused Russia of carrying out cyber attacks without repercussions. The torchbearers of this initiative are advocating that there is a need for this new cybersecurity. Russian media is calling this new law the “sovereign internet” bill.
Some critics of this bill say that it will be very expensive to implement this bill and this would also allow Moscow to have complete and total censorship due to its newly gained powers via new traffic monitoring centre.
Moreover, the authors of this bill are still claiming that these measures are only to make Russian cyberspace “more secure and reliable”.